Solar Lighting Systems in Charlotte, NC and surrounding areas

Phillips electrical systems uses Geostellar Scout can which can pre-qualify your property for installation of your solar power installation. By pre-computing precise solar potential values based on shadows, slope, orientation and atmosphere for each property, then applying these values to determine utility bill savings, energy production and positive environmental impact, Scout provides a single indicator that predicts the success of your solar project before we even lay a single solar panel on your roof. We also employ the latest in software PV design and site evaluation and the latest in webinar software to go over the site design in the comfort of your home or office saving you time and money on finalizing on the design of your solar project.

How Does Solar Work?

If you are thinking about installing solar in your home, you may have a few questions. “What is solar? How does it work?” Simply put, solar electric systems, also known as photovoltaic (PV) systems, convert sunlight into electricity. Photovoltaic is defined as: a field of semiconductor technology. It involves the direct conversion of electromagnetic radiation as sunlight, into electricity. A photovoltaic system is the device designed to perform such a conversion.
Solar cells
Solar cells are the basic building blocks of a PV system. They consist of semiconductor materials. When sunlight is absorbed by these materials, the solar energy knocks electrons loose from their atoms. This phenomenon is called the “photoelectric effect.” These free electrons then travel into a circuit built into the solar cell to form electrical current. Only sunlight of certain wavelengths will work efficiently to create electricity. PV systems can still produce electricity on cloudy days, but not as much as on a sunny day.
How Solar Works - Electrical Installation in Charlotte, NC
How much power does a panel produce?
The basic PV or solar cell typically produces only a small amount of power. Most likely you have solar lights around your home. They have a small panel on top, and a battery to store the power, which is then used to light the bulb- right? Think bigger. Much bigger.
To produce more power, solar cells (about 40) can be interconnected to form panels or modules. The average solar panel output ranges from about 175 W to about 235 W. An exceptionally powerful solar panel will measure upwards of 315 W. Among the top ten manufacturers, the average wattage of a panel is about 200 W. If more power is needed, several modules can be installed on a building. They may also be installed at ground-level in a rack to form a PV array.
PV arrays can be mounted at a fixed angle facing south, or they can be mounted on a tracking device that follows the sun. That will allow them to capture the most sunlight over the course of a day. Panels have been designed that can be placed in an area that has some shade which is helpful to those who do not wish to cut down all their trees.
Because of their modularity, PV systems can be designed to meet any electrical requirement, no matter how large or how small. You also can connect them to an electric distribution system (grid-connected). They can also standalone (off-grid).


Benefits of Solar Energy

Benefits of Solar
You generate your own pollution-free, clean electricity
Solar energy is renewable. The sun is a consistent power source.
Reduce the carbon footprint. A typical home system would eliminate almost 150,000 pounds of CO2 over the systems warranted life.
An average home (3 Kw) solar electric system will reduce emissions over the course of the 25-year warranted life of the panels by the following amounts:
Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
148,500 pounds
Nitrous Oxide 375 pounds
Sulfur Dioxide 1,200 pounds
Lock in your electricity cost over the next 25-40 years
Avoid 5-7% annual future utility rate increases
Reduce monthly spending by reducing or even eliminating your electric bill
Send the extra energy your system produces to the local utility-grid for credit
Enjoy a 25-year linear warranty on solar panels and a 40-year design-life
It's your power. Use it when you want
Homes with solar sell twice as fast as those that don't have solar
Immediate payoff: for every $1 saved vs. last year is equal to $20 in increased home value
The time is now. Production costs are coming down, panels are more efficient and government incentives are very attractive.
Breakeven points are now between 8 and 15 years based on a typical system